There are many ways to improve productivity at your office or workplace. Happy employees work better. Here are the best ways to keep them smiling.
A Quiet Room and Aquarium
Especially if you run a busy office with more than 40 employees, have a small room with comfortable chairs and couches. Install an aquarium and some very soft music. Design it with a few lamps, low level light, and no overhead fluorescent bulbs! Make this space free of newspapers, cell phones, and TV sets. This is a quiet room, or resting place, for your employees to come for a 10 minute respite. They can relax, watch the fish, or close their eyes and recharge their batteries. Studies have shown that short resting periods throughout the day make for more productive work.
Set a up a program to allow for exercise in an area of the building for 15 or 20 minutes each day. Some large companies can have a mini fitness room. Others just need a treadmill, or place to wave your arms around. Exercise is key to a clear mind and good working day. Give employees access to this area to exercise whenever they feel they need it.
Organize Work Space
Make sure every employee has what they need. Also make sure everyone has a comfortable chair and proper back support. Their keyboards should be ergonomic, too. Supplies are important, and should be well stocked. This helps work flow smoothly.
Limit or Ban Cell Phones in the workplace
In case of an emergency, family members can call you at work on the direct line. Emergencies don’t happen every day, so this should be infrequent. Text messages can be sent to remind husbands to pick up dry cleaning, or such, and to ask about evening plans. These can be answered during lunch hour and during a break. Should we allow cell phones to just ring all day long in the office? Most people say, “No,” especially if it’s a large busy office. You will be distracting everyone around you.
Plants, indoor trees and flowers do boost morale at the office. Allow your staff to have one plant on each desk, and set up some indoor trees and flowers at key locations in the building. This will actually make your staff feel better and work better.
Arrange for food deliveries
Either arrange to have food delivered to the break room, or set up a buffet yourself. Employees who don’t need to spend half their lunch traveling to some restaurant will have more time to enjoy a relaxing lunch break.
Offer direct Deposit, so your employee don’t need to stand it line at the bank. Help them in any way you can by removing as many annoying tasks, such as banking, that you possibly can. Allow them to do online banking from the office.
Discourage time-wasting sites
I’m never in favor of blocking sites, even at work. However, employees who spend too much time on Facebook or other social sites might be wasting work time. Don’t block these sites, as it damages morale, but do limit how many times they can be visited.
Set up a social blog for workplace staff only. They can air complaints and make suggestions, even anonymously. Moderate it, to avoid harsh language. Promote positive suggestions, and get feedback from everyone.
You’d be surprised at how cost effective it is to supply free coffee at a coffee station in your office, warehouse, or any workplace. This saves everyone the time it would take to got out and get coffee from the local coffee shop. This also boosts morale, and that helps productivity.
Anything that helps the staff in general, helps them focus on the job.